Arrive into Zagreb; private transfer directly to your hotel. Balance of day sightseeing in Zagreb on foot and using public transport.
Croatia's & Slovenia's "best bits" including both capitals, stunning coastline, caves, islands, lakes, historic towns & national parks.
START - Zagreb / FINISH - Split
Activity code: CRFD08
Duration: 18 Days
If you were looking to visit both Croatia and Slovenia then this self-drive holiday is for you. Starting in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, your journey includes national parks, historic towns, beautiful islands and much more. The itinerary concludes in Split but can easily be extended to Dubrovnik (making up three weeks in total) or done in reverse with the flexible flight schedule now available.
Your holiday begins with a smooth transfer service to your hotel in Zagreb where you have a couple of days to visit the city on foot and by using its excellent public transport. Your hire car will be delivered to you and you can then head straight out into the countryside in the direction of your first stop, the small university city of Varazdin which is one of the oldest in Croatia; in fact it is older than Zagreb. It is situated in a very important geographical territory, referred to as the "Northwest gate of Croatia" and is located on the southern bank of the River Drava. In the 18th Century Varazdin briefly became Croatia's capital but a disastrous fire meant the government returned to Zagreb. Today, the town has an easy-going atmosphere, thanks to its large student population and is a great base to visit the local castles and villages of the region, prior to your journey to Slovenia.
The middle section of this holiday is in Slovenia, including a couple of nights in its fabulous and compact capital, Ljubljana, and then on to the beautiful Lake Bled and Triglav National Park which offer so much in the way of outdoor activities. On the way back to Croatia stop off to visit the caves at Postojna, surely one of the best in Europe. Once in Istria your main base for this part of the holiday is likely to be Rovinj; from here there is so much to visit, including Pula, Porec, the Brijuni Islands and the lovely hill town of Motovun.
Before driving inland to the main national park of your trip, Plitvice Lakes, we recommend an overnight in the seaside town of Opatija or on nearby Krk Island (accessible by spectacular bridge). After a full day to explore Plitvice National Park it is time to return to the coast at the lovely old town of Zadar which also has some innovative new sights up its sleeve. Travelling along the coast road or highway you can visit another national park, Krka, en route to your final location, Trogir or Split (you can choose either according to your preference aas it is easy to travel between them on the small ferry across the bay). Time to relax or perhaps take up the offer to do some rafting or the mulit-zip-wire experience in the nearby Cetina Valley or possibly a day trip to one of the islands just an hour away by fast ferry catamaran.
Each day's drive is not so far so you have plenty of time to do some sightseeing, walking or take an extended lunch / picnic along the way. If you have a few extra days you may wish to consider a few days on the islands, such as Hvar, Brac or Korcula, and possibly completing your trip in Dubrovnik.
Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports to Croatia. If we book your flights this means that your holiday will also be fully ATOL protected.
Prices shown are a guideline "from" (in UK Pounds) and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. Single supplements may need to be applied to the twin/double price and discounts for children (under 12yrs) and/or a 3rd adult sharing a room are available upon request. Quoted prices for individual enquiries will depend upon your chosen accommodation, room availability and dates of travel. We always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Discounts will apply if there are 3 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.
Based upon 2 persons travelling.
D Hackett, USA, June 2022